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LD 18 - Legislator Stephanie Bontempi

Posted on: July 6, 2022

Legislator Bontempi Leads the Way to Massive Open Space Preservation

Amphitheater on the land currently owned by the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.

Hauppauge, N.Y. – At the June 7th general meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) succeeded in getting her introductory resolution (1147-2022) passed to begin the multi-step process of acquiring a bucolic 160+ acre piece of property in Lloyd Harbor to preserve as open space.  The land to be appraised is currently owned by the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, which plans to maintain ownership of some land around its current main facility and continue operations as a retreat venue after the acquisition.  

Suffolk County is proud to be partnering with the State of New York, the Town of Huntington and the North Shore Land Alliance in this historic and monumental endeavor.  Each of the aforementioned entities have similarly gone through many bureaucratic and technical steps to be on the same page with Suffolk County at this juncture.  Although the acquisition process will have many more milestones to achieve before completion, the enthusiasm on the part of all of the partners will hopefully ensure a fruitful outcome.

“This is a significant step in the right direction for all of the people of Suffolk County,” said Bontempi.  “Preserving open space is getting more and more difficult as the supply is dwindling.  It has been years since western Suffolk County has seen an acquisition of this magnitude set in motion.  The property slated for acquisition is not only beautiful, but will play a significant role in protecting local flora and fauna, in addition to the waterfront.”

Once this natural treasure is established as protected open space, there will absolutely be something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.  Whether one is interested in birdwatching, getting some exercise on scenic trails, having a picnic while taking in the waterfront view, etc., this property will have plenty to offer for years to come.  

“Overdevelopment is a concern shared by many Suffolk County residents,” added Bontempi.  “Going hand-in-hand with overdevelopment concerns are those related to the environment.  Simply put, preserving this property is a win-win when it comes to open space and the environment.”

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